Medical Emergency in Antarctica for U.S. Scientist

Linsey Davis reports on the dangerous race in deadly cold to save the scientist's life.
3:00 | 08/09/12

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A risky and rareescue operation at the bottom of the world, to save an american stranded with an american EMERGENCY AT the McMurdo research station in the dead of the atlantic winter. Linsey davis has been following the rescue overnight. Reporter: The airbus carried the team and landed just hours ago. The unnamed patient, rushed to a nearby hospital. Ending a five-hour mission into arguably the most remote place on earth. As the sun starts rising, the weather tends to act up quite a bit. It gets a little more stormier. Weather, like anywhere, can be very flickle. It can change in a moment's notice. Reporter: Few details are being released about the researcher the team was sent to EVACUATE from McMurdo station, the united states antarctic science and research facility. The person is in stable condition. But may need corrective surgery. The condition was serious enough to risk this dangerous and complicated mission. The high temperature in antarctica this week, 9 degrees below zero. With windchill, it feels like 19 below. It's so cold there, rescue planes have to carry enough fuel to keep the engines constantly running. It's also dark nearly 24 hours a day. Giving rescuers only a small window of time in which to land. Renee ddoucer had to wait six weeks to be rescued. Reporter: Aside from the extreme cold, conditions were described as perfect. We don't know the nature of the illness. But we do know people that go into the remote places are forced to undergo rigorous medical testing beforehand because rescues like this are just so risky.

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